The Network coordinates healthcare response to train derailment
When an Amtrak train derailed near the border of Pierce and Thurston counties in Washington State the Network led the critical role of coordinating the healthcare system’s response.
Based on the possible consequences of a 12-car, two-locomotive train leaving the tracks and spilling onto busy Interstate 5 below, the Network activated its Healthcare Emergency Coordination Center within an hour of the incident to assist with the response.
The Network then activated the patient tracking system minutes later. Just as the Network had planned and exercised with regional partners, they saw that area hospitals had started to document the arrival of injured patients. The casualties and impact to the healthcare community were significant: three passengers were killed and 70 others had been transported to nine hospitals across two counties.
A Network representative deployed to the Amtrak Incident Command Post to support healthcare organizations in multiple regions, Amtrak family reunification and passenger manifest reconciliation. In addition, Network staff streamlined information sharing between healthcare and other critical stakeholders, including National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Amtrak, emergency management, public health, state government and other organizations.
Throughout the response, the Network kept the healthcare and response communities apprised of the situation. Staff frequently contacted receiving hospitals and other key healthcare organizations, coordinated resource needs and availability, and shared email updates with a broad network of partners.
The Network’s ability to quickly, efficiently and effectively coordinate the response of healthcare organizations across multiple counties during this tragic event is the result of many years of hard work, planning and engagement with our regional partners.
2018 Brings New Board Appointments and Members
The Network is pleased to announce the following Officer appointments to its Board of Directors:
Kim Moore, MD, Chair, Associate Chief Medical Officer, CHI Franciscan Health
Anita Geving, Vice-Chair, Chief Operating Officer, The Polyclinic
Bob Gleason, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Bloodworks Northwest
Anne Newcombe, RN, Secretary, Clinical Director Emergency Services, UW Medicine/Harborview
In addition, we welcome the following Board Members:
Tom Miller, MD, FACEP, Medical Director, Quality and Safety, Overlake Medical Center
Gerard Fischer, VP, Ancillary Services, Kaiser Permanente Washington
A complete list of Network leadership and staff can be found on our website.
We’ve launched a new website! Check it out at nwhrn.org.
In this month’s issue:
– Train derailment response – Supply chain experts sought – Welcome Keiro Northwest! – New Board appointees – New website launched – Training opportunities
Welcome to our newest member, Keiro Northwest!
Supply chain experts sought for new Statewide Healthcare Supply Chain Resiliency Workgroup
Recognizing the need for a robust and resilient supply chain during disasters, we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health to form a workgroup to develop concrete solutions addressing vulnerabilities and challenges facing the statewide healthcare supply chain system. We’re looking for supply chain professionals (on either the care provider or supplier side) to join us. For more information, contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents Seattle January 23-24
L101 Foundations of Emergency Management Camp Murray January 29 – February 9
Healthcare Sector Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Training Tacoma February 14
For more information about these and other training opportunities, visit our website.